|Learning Support Assistants|
French - Nathalie Harkness
The school day begins at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm
Breakfast Club is from 7.45am to 8.45am
Shine After School Club is from 3.15pm - 6.00pm
Please see Reception class pages for the weekly timetable for Reception.
The timetable may change due to trips or school events such as Forest School. Please check half termly.
Things your child needs:
Book bags: Please bring this into school every day, even if it is not your child's reading day.
PE Kits: Please can your child arrive at school in their PE kit on the day stated on the calendar. They will be staying in their PE kit all day.
Please check the calendar to see the day Reception has PE.
Click for PE kit uniform
Spare Clothes: We suggest that each child has spare clothes on their peg.
Wellies: To be kept at School for outside play and Forest School.
Warm Coat/Sunhat: We will be outside in all weather so please make sure your child has appropriate clothing.
Forest School at Failand:
Children in Reception class will have the opportunity to take part in our Forest School. We are very fortunate to be able to use the woodlands at our Failand site. A group of parents have worked very hard to develop the site and create a natural environment for the children to explore and learn. When your child starts Forest School they will need to have these clothes to wear:
- Long sleeve t-shirt
- Full length trousers
- Warm jumper/fleece
- Sun/winter hat
- Waterproof coat/trousers
Please inform us of any changes to personal details so we are able to contact you in an emergency. It is important to have a daytime telephone number that is answered. The School, for reasons of expense, time and environment, avoids sending paper-based communication where possible. Therefore we will communicate via the following; email, text-messaging or website. Please ensure your email address and mobile number is up to date as the School will use text messaging for more urgent and short-notice communications.
We regard the privacy of your child and their parents as extremely important. We will always endeavour to treat information you give us sensitively, and discuss with you how widely to circulate it. This means that although we will always listen to your views, we cannot comment to you in detail on the behaviour or circumstances of children other than your son or daughter. We will not disclose your personal details to other parents or other organisations without your permission or knowledge in Child Protection cases.
In the event of sickness, or unplanned absence for other reasons, it is essential for parents/carers to telephone Cathedral Primary School before 8.50am on each day of absence, giving the reason for absence.
Requests for any other absence must be made to the Head Teacher, at least fourteen days in advance using the absence request form, which is available from the Office. Parents are asked not to book family holidays in term time. The School holidays are generous when compared to other state schools and we will not authorise absence for holidays during term time.
We would ask parents to set good standards with regards to promptness. All parents and children arriving at School after 9:00am should report to the School office to ensure registers and lunch arrangements are updated. If a child arrives after registration then this lateness will be recorded.
Payments for meals, trips, music etc. can be made through Parent Pay, our on-line payment system.
Our School lunches cost £2.30 per child per day. All meals are ordered and paid for through Parent Pay our on-line payment system.
Under the nationwide Universal Infant School Meals scheme, from September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals, regardless of income or eligibility for benefits. By receiving free school meals, parents can ensure their child is eating a healthy, balanced meal every day.
If you prefer, you can provide a packed lunch for your child, but it is essential that you let the School office know; otherwise, a School dinner will be ordered for your child.
Breakfast Club cost £3.00 per child per day. It runs from 7.45am to 8.45am. Breakfast consists of cereal and/or toast which is served between 8.00am and 8.30am. All payments and bookings for Breakfast Club must be made via Parent Pay our on-line payment system.
Fruit & Drink
Every day the children have the opportunity to enjoy milk and some fruit. We will supply fruit and milk daily. Drinking water is always available, but we suggest that you provide a named bottle of water as well. Sweets/chocolate/crisps must not be brought to School.
Please note that we are a nut-free School; this includes almonds, cashew nuts & any products containing nuts.
Legal responsibility for the administration of medicines to children rests with the parents/carers. In special circumstances, the School will accept responsibility if the following is observed:
- The parents sign a form of indemnity (available from the School Office). This must be completed before any medication can be administered.
- The medicine to be administered has been specifically prescribed by the family’s general practitioner.
- The medicine is clearly marked with the child’s name and prescribed dosage, and safely deposited in the School office.
For safety reasons children must not carry medicines around School whether prescribed from the pharmacist or not. Any medication to be taken should be kept with the class teacher or School office. Asthma inhalers can be self-administered but the child or teaching assistant must keep records of any dosage taken.
During the summer months, please ensure your child is adequately protected against the sun by administering sun cream before the start of the school day and by ensuring your child brings a hat to school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Foundation Stage is for three-five year-olds. The curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning.
The PRIME areas are:
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive, and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behavior in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
The SPECIFIC areas are:
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers and in calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities.